Superstar Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf announced on Friday that he had converted to Islam.
Superstar Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf announced on Friday that he had converted to Islam.

Superstar Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf announced on Friday that he had converted to Islam.

The former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Ajax midfielder made the announcement on his Instagram profile, saying: “A special thanks to all the nice messages in celebration of me joining the Muslim family.”

“I’m very happy and pleased to join all the Brothers and Sisters around the world especially my adorable [wife] Sophia [Makramati] who has taught me more in depth the meaning of Islam.

45-year-old Clarence Seedorf is a former Real Madrid midfielder, in addition to having had played stints at Ajax, AC Milan, and Inter, among others. Representing his country on an international level 87 times, Seedorf was also viewed as an intellectual figure in the world of football – during his time at Milan, he became known as “Il Professore” after he pursued and successfully completed a master’s degree in business at the prestigious SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Originally hailing from the South American country of Suriname, Seedorf is also part of a larger family of prominent footballers. Indeed, Clarence’s brothers Jurgen and Chedric are former players, as was their late father, Johann, who played and also worked as an agent. In addition, the nephew of Clarence, Collin Seedorf, is also a footballer.

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